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"where can i learn to speak this dialect" posts

Postby Jenny Tang » Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:39 pm

do you not find it funny that some posts ask to speak a certain dialect of mandarin be it wu dialect, taiwan or whatever..i mean, you don't say that you would like to learn to speak the scottish dialect, or irish dialect of english would you??


Re: "where can i learn to speak this dialect" posts

Postby Aurelio » Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:59 am

Hi Jenny!

Not all that strange. If they meant the Taiwanese version of Mandarin, i.e. basically Mandarin with a few differences in pronunciation ("s" for "sh" etc.) and a slightly different vocabulary, then, yeah, that would be a very specific request.

But Taiwanese = Hokkien, Wu (Shanghainese), Cantonese, Hakka etc. are not dialects of Mandarin but its sister languages, branching of from the same large Chinese family tree, just like the "dialects" of Latin (French, spanish, Italian, Romanian, etc.). So, there's nothing strange about it ;-)



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Re: "where can i learn to speak this dialect" posts

Postby jinfeng » Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:52 am

I live in Shanghai. As i know, many Shanghailander(native wu dialect speaker) cannot speak Mandarin well(with accent ).Of course , they can understand it well. Actually , wu dialect is another language if you mean languages are classified by their pronunciation. So is Cantonese.

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